Annual Geotechnical Engineering Conference

This is the 70th offering of the University of Minnesota Geotechnical Engineering Conference.


  • Masks are required for all attendees.

  • Any registrant who cannot attend because of a positive COVID-19 test, will be given a credit for the 2023 conference.

Conference Details


Friday, February 18, 2022

St. Paul Student Center (New Location) at 2017 Buford Avenue (Google Map Link)

Sponsored by:

Department of Civil, Environmental, Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota

Minnesota Geotechnical Society - A Geo-Institute Chapter

Geo-Institute of ASCE


Thursday, February 17, 2022

Short Course 1: Thursday, February 17, 2022

8:00 A.M. - Noon

Big GEO-DATA and Data Exchange with DIGGS Workshop Course

Short Course 2: Thursday, February 17, 2022

1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Slope Stabilization and Case Histories

Friday, February 18, 2022

7:30 A.M.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 A.M.

Conference Welcome - College of Science and Engineering University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

8:25 A.M.

Kersten Lecture

Past, Present, and Future of Ground Improvement, Vernon R. Schaefer, PhD, PE, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

9:20 A.M.

Reuse of Geotechnical Waste Material in Engineered Soil Mixes, David Saftner, PhD, PE, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN

10:00 A.M.


10:30 A.M.

Soil-Water-Structure Interactions in Geotechnical Engineering, Alba Yerro-Colom, PhD, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

11:10 A.M.

Edenville Dam Failure, Daniel Pradel, PhD, PE, GE, D.GE, F.ASCE, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

11:50 A.M.


1:00 P.M.

Yeager Airport: The Long Road to Recovery from the 2015 Slide, Allen W. Cadden, PE, D.GE, Schnabel Engineering, Chadds Ford, PA

1:40 P.M.

Importance of Construction Control for Assuring Reliable Design, Silas Nichols, PE, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C.

2:20 P.M.


2:50 P.M.

Case Histories - Concurrent Sessions 1

  • Twin Ports Interchange—Test Column Supported Embankment, Richard Lamb, PE, MnDOT, Maplewood, MN.

  • Building Uniform Foundations to Enhance Pavement Performance, Todd Christopherson, PE, LEED AP, S.M. Hentges and Sons, Inc., Jordan, MN.

3:20 P.M.

Case Histories - Concurrent Sessions 2

  • Father’s Day Flood and the Redridge Steel Dam, Stan Vitton, PE, PhD, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI.

  • UAS Applications for Geohazard Assessment, Roch S. V. Player, PE, D.GE, PMP, GeoStabilization International, Commerce City, CO.

3:50 P.M.

Case Histories - Concurrent Sessions 3

  • Geotechnical Aspects of I-35W Stormwater Storage Facility, Michael Haggerty, PE, Barr Engineering, Minneapolis, MN

4:15 P.M.


Planning Committee

(Names are linked to the committee member's email address where available.)

Chris Behling, US Army Corps of Engineers

Joe Bentler, American Engineering Testing

Ryan Berg, Ryan R. Berg & Associates

Aaron Budge, MN State University, Mankato

Liang Chern Chow, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.

Ivan Contreras, Barr Engineering Co.

Ron Farmer, Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc.

Bryan Field, Braun Intertec

Steve Gale, Gale-Tec Engineering

Mike Haggerty, Barr Engineering Co.

Megan Hoppe, American Engineering Testing

Nate Iverson, Veit

Joe Labuz, University of Minnesota

Rich Lamb, MnDOT

Brett Larsen, Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc.

Dan Mahrt, Terracon

Steve Olson, HDR Engineering Inc.

Ryan Petersen, Itasca Consulting Group, Inc.

Greg Reuter, American Engineering Testing

Dave Saftner, UMN, Duluth

Brian Sanchez, Atlas Foundation

Joel Swenson, Barr Engineering

Brent Theroux, Barr Engineering

Joe Westphal, Braun Intertec


Professional Development Hours

Participants can earn 7.0 PDH for full-day conference attendance. For short courses, participants earn 4.0 PDH for the morning course and 4.0 PDH for the afternoon course.

For Further Information

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Conference Fee

The registration fee is $220. After January 30, 2022, the registration fee is $250.

$100 for retired individuals; $30 for students.

Short Course Tuition

$140 for one or $250 for both with conference registration ($360 or $470 total).

$180 for one or $325 for both without conference registration.

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